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March 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Kitsap Pumas sign former No. 1 draft pick Nik Besagno (team release)

Pumas reach agreement with Besagno
Bremerton, Wash. – The Kitsap Soccer Club today announced the signing of midfielder Nikolas Besagno.
Besagno, a 5’11”, 21-year-old, played in the USL’s Premier Development League last season with the Tacoma Tide. In 15 matches he logged a club-high 1,339 minutes, registering two goals and two assists (six points). Playing primarily from a holding midfielder’s role last season, he began the season with a bang, netting the winning goal in the 90th-minute of Tacoma’s 2009 home opener, propelling his side to a 4-3 win over the Cascade Surge.
Now the Maple Valley, Wash., native finds himself on the other side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, joining the defending Northwest Division champion Pumas.
“I’m glad to be here,” said Besagno. “I like the way this club does things and I like the squad we are building. We should be very good.”
Besagno was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and completed stints with Real Salt Lake of MLS, and played for the former USL D1 Seattle Sounders – coincidentally the precursor to the current Kitsap franchise.
His focus now, however, is on helping the Pumas repeat as division champions.
“Though Nik has the talent and pedigree to be one of the best players in our league,” said executive director Ben Pecora, “it’s our goal to build a superb team around him and let him do his thing. He’s a player – and a person – we’ve long admired and we very pleased he is with us.”
“Yes,” said Pumas coach Pete Fewing, “Nik is a great kid and is the real deal. He’ll be a big help to us. We’re glad to have him.”
For the full schedule please visit the team’s website at
Season ticket packages are now on sale for as little as only $25 for a full-season children’s pass. These and all 2010 ticket packages may also be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets or by contacting team headquarters.

Kitsap Coaches’ Symposium: Friday, April 2 the Pumas and Timbers will jointly host the first-ever Kitsap Coaches’ Symposium. This is an interactive event led by the coaches, staff and specialists of both clubs. Tickets are only $15. The event will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Bremerton’s Olympic Soccer and Sports Center at Pendergast Park. Tickets may be purchased via or at the door on the day of the event.
First 2010 Friendly: The very next evening, April 3, the Pumas kick off their 2010 exhibition/friendly schedule with a match against the USL D1 Timbers. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Bremerton Memorial Stadium. This same Timbers squad, only one week ago, defeated the MLS Seattle Sounders 1-nil at Seattle’s Qwest Field.
“This is the same team we faced last year in the (U.S.) Open Cup,” said owner Robin Waite. “Portland will also be an MLS team next season, so this will be a great chance for our fans ta to have a glimpse into the future.”
Tickets are available at or at the gate on game day. 2010 Season Ticket holders are admitted to pre-season matches as part of their existing package.


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